Photo via: Facebook / IPSS Medical Rescue

Helicopter rescue: KZN man airlifted to hospital after gas explosion

IPSS Medical Rescue and Black Eagle EMS worked in tandem to rescue a 24-year-old allegedly injured in a gas explosion at home on Monday.


Photo via: Facebook / IPSS Medical Rescue

A 24-year-old man was reportedly injured in an alleged gas explosion in Chakas Rock in KwaZulu-Natal around midday on Monday, 26 April 2021. A helicopter flew him to Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Glenwood where he is expected to receive treatment for burns.


IPSS Medical Rescue said it responded to reports of an explosion at a residential address in Chakas Rock.

“On arrival, paramedics were met with an explosion scene that resulted in a male sustaining significant burns to his body,” said IPSS Medical Rescue in a Facebook post.


Paramedics managed to stabilise the man at the scene before calling in aeromedical support to airlift him to the hospital. Black Eagle Emergency Medical Service dispatched an aeromedical helicopter to the scene and safely transported the man to St. Augustines Hospital in Glenwood, Durban.


Ceron Meadows, Black Eagle’s National Medical Operations Manager, told The South African that its aeromedical support helicopter arrived at the scene at approximately 12:34 on Monday.

IPSS’ rescue workers secured a landing zone for the helicopter by cordoning off a section of the Shakas Head bridge, which passes over the N2 highway, while paramedics attended to the patient on the ground.

“The patient was handed over to Black Eagle EMS Advanced Life Support Flight Paramedic for further treatment and rapid transportation to hospital,” said Meadows.

He added that Black Eagle’s pilots are highly experienced in rescues of this nature and “have the ability to assess and conduct safe landings in confined areas.”

By approximately 12:43, the 24-year-old patient arrived at St. Augustine’s Hospital in “a critical but stable” condition.

The patient is expected to receive further treatment in the hospital burn unit.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in KwaZulu-Natal did not respond to our request for comment by the time of publication.